ilke Homes is celebrating its success after winning the Readers’ Choice Terrace of the Future Award at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2018. The award was received in recognition for the innovative design of ilke Home’s the Hundred House.
The annual awards are a celebration of the very best of design and architecture from across the UK property industry, and attracts entries from the biggest names in architecture, housebuilding and interior design. The judging panel for the 2018 shortlist included 15 of the industry’s most well-known figures, including stakeholders, housing associations and architects. ilke Homes’ Hundred House design was shortlisted, and the final four designs were voted for by The Sunday Times’ readers.
The Reader’s Choice Award tasked entrants with shaping the towns of the future by developing an innovative future-proofed terraced house design. ilke Homes’ winning submission, created in collaboration with HTA Design and housing association, Sovereign, gets its name from its sustainability credentials as it takes less than one hundred on-site hours to build and costs less than £100 a year to heat.
Björn Conway, CEO of ilke Homes, commented: “It is a great honour to be shortlisted by leading industry figures, and then chosen as winners by The Sunday Times’ readership. The Hundred House represents what ilke Homes stands for – using modern technology to produce well-priced, efficient houses for the 21st Century. A great deal of work and passion goes into what we do and receiving this recognition motivates us even further to continue delivering high-quality, modular homes to those that need them most.”
The Hundred House design takes the best traditional features of Georgian and Victorian terraced housing and enhances it, producing twice as much light as previous terraces and bringing it into the 21st Century. The terrace’s design features an innovative configuration, comprising of two gables with a double-height living room, study, balcony, master bedroom, kitchen/diner and a second bedroom. Additional modular units can be added when more space is required, thanks to each property’s unique design.
Simon Bayliss, Managing Partner, HTA Design LLP said: HTA Design is thrilled that the Hundred House was chosen as winner of the Sunday Times Readers’ Choice Award. Designed to enable more flexible modes of multi-generational living than is possible in most of the UKs new build housing, the homes were developed for delivery using Ilke Homes’ innovative modular system that achieves higher quality, more efficiently and at reduced cost. The Terrace of the Future is inspired by some of our more successful traditional models, whilst offering unashamedly contemporary living. We are delighted that the Sunday Times readers recognised these qualities in selecting our design as their preferred choice.
Sovereign is a housing association based in the south and south west, managing around 57,000 properties and building over 1,600 new homes this year. As well as helping develop the Hundred Housing concept, Sovereign will be piloting modular housing technology at a West Berkshire site in early 2019.
Dale Meredith, Sovereign’s Executive Director of Development and Commercial, said: “Offsite building techniques can play an important role as housing associations expand their programmes, building more of the homes that we need, more quickly. We want to make sure that we provide quality, affordable and brilliantly designed homes that are fit for the future and The Sunday Times’ readers could see that The Hundred House absolutely achieves this. We’re really excited by the project’s potential as we work towards having residents picking up the keys to our first modular home from Ilke Homes next year.”
The recognition of the Hundred House by both the public and the expert judging panel marks a shift in attitude towards the use of modern methods of construction, such as offsite construction techniques, and how they can be applied to successfully help solve the UK’s housing crisis.
Mark Farmer, Founding Director and CEO of Cast Consultancy commented on this important milestone for the UK’ property sector “As the construction industry slowly turns to alternative production techniques to alleviate the increasing squeeze on traditional skills, it is critically important that we build consumer confidence in modern manufactured homes.
“Part of this is proving the ability for such approaches to deliver high quality, durable architecture at an affordable price and set in places and communities that people truly want to live in. The Hundred House’s success in The Sunday Times British Home Awards has proved that exemplar residential design can be delivered in factory conditions and start to challenge the traditional industry’s cost, time and quality benchmarks. It sets the scene for what I believe will be an increasingly important role for pre-manufactured housing in increasing both the quantity and quality of new build homes in the years ahead.”